Reader Kantz dropped this one into the suggestion box:
I was wondering if you could talk about the getting ready in the morning routine. This year I have the resolution to always look my best every day but so far I have found that it takes time!!! Any ideas on how to achieve this?
When I worked in an office, I allowed a fairly small window of time for morning prep, mostly because I aimed to arrive at my office by 7:30 a.m. Back then, HM and I both rose at 5:50 a.m. and since he showered first, I ended up with approximately 45 minutes in which to shower, dress, and primp. Here’s how I crammed all of that into a relatively small amount of time.
Many of the items listed below could be consider tools for crafting an efficient morning prep routine, but here are a few that I consider to be absolutely essential: Full-length mirror, iron/steamer/wrinkle releaser, lint roller, good lighting, and clothing that makes you feel fabulous. Gotta have ’em all, or getting ready in the morning will be a frustrating chore.
I doubt I’ll ever have anything resembling Maegan‘s gorgeous dressing room and closet, pictured above, but my own wardrobe is organized in a way that makes sense to me. I know where to find backup pants, where my sandals live, which drawer houses layering tees. My clothing is always put away in designated spots, so I always know where to find what I want.
Are you sick of hearing me sing the praises of my trusty outfit list? Too bad! I cannot overstate how much this tool has improved my life and enhanced my ability to craft stylish ensembles. Not only does it force me to remain familiar with the contents of my closet, but it also allows me to do all of my outfit-related thinking ahead of time. Nothing fosters I Have Nothing to Wear Syndrome like panic, and nothing alleviates panic like a list of carefully planned outfits.
The outfits on my list include shoes and the occasional scarf, but finishing touches are done on the fly. Giving myself a few minutes to add finishing touches to my ensembles is absolutely essential.
Simple hair and makeup
While this is key for me, it may not work for you. I wash my hair, scrunch in some product, blow dry for 4 minutes, and am done. I apply moisturizer, under-eye concealer, spot concealer on zits, brow powder, and blush. Then I’m done. On days when I need to do more extensive makeup, I inevitably run late. I would never go so far as to “recommend” these practices, as I know that hair and makeup routines are intensely personal. But if your makeup is the real time suck, maybe consider doing the basics at home and touching up in the office bathroom. (Not possible for everyone, but perhaps feasible for some.)
Image via Love Maegan.